The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant impact to the Los Angeles (LA), California county area. To date, there are more than 765,000 confirmed cases, 10,120 deaths in LA County and the threat level is extreme — signifying that a severe and uncontrolled level of COVID-19 infection is spreading in the community and could quickly overwhelm the healthcare system.
As we investigated the idea of leveraging our volunteer model to support other NGOs providing COVID-19 assistance to their communities, Los Angeles County was identified as one potential place we could help address critical needs for the community. We learned from NGO partners, with local affiliates in the area, that demands for services were at an all-time high and local volunteer availability was significantly constrained.
Our team has been in Los Angeles, since early July, working with new and existing partners to identify how we can be most effective in supporting the Los Angeles community. Through our current program, we are working to increase the capacity of partner organizations, LA Food Bank and CORE. With up to 30 volunteers, on a weekly basis, we aim to assemble 35,000 emergency meal kits, distribute 55,000 meals to families in need and orchestrate 30,000 COVID-19 tests.